I praised him for his good season in my review of the 2011 AL Comeback Player of the Year post and had I known he was going to win our MVP award I would’ve held back a bit and saved some for this post. Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox beat Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays by six points – a pretty close race.
My first-place vote went to Justin Verlander who won our Pitcher of the Year award. To me Verlander was more valuable to the Tigers than Ellsbury was to the Red Sox. Not to take anything away from Jacoby’ season, he was great, I just thought Verlander had a bigger impact on his team. Runs don’t mean anything if you have a pitcher who gives them right back. Ellsbury scored a lot of runs, Verlander barely allowed any.
Check out my post in that link to read my thoughts on Ellsbury.